Medical Internship & Residency Programs

Medical Internship (PGY-1)

Five positions are available each year for combined PGY-1 medical internship and PGY-2 neurology residency. The PGY-1 position offers 8 months of training in Internal Medicine, 1 month in the Emergency Room, 1 month in the Intensive Care Unit, 2 months of elective. These fulfill the current minimum requirements for admission to an accredited Neurology Residency training program.

First Year of Residency (PGY-2)

The purpose of the first year is to provide Residents with broad patient exposure and comprehensive training in the basics of clinical neurology. These include data gathering, case formulation, diagnosis and management of both inpatients and outpatients. To achieve this goal, Residents spend most of their time caring for inpatients on the Neurology Services of the Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). In addition, they attend two afternoon outpatient continuity clinics at the Regional Medical Center and the VAMC. One month is devoted to Neurophysiology (EEG) so that residents become familiar with the epilepsy classification, interpretation of common EEGs, the diagnosis of status epilepticus and brain death, the indications and usefulness of EEG video monitoring and epilepsy surgery. One month is spent in Neuroradiology where residents learn how to interpret CT, MRI, cerebral angiograms, myelograms, and plain spine x-ray studies. Two months are spent on Night Float in which residents cover the wards, consults, ER and ICU from 5 PM to 7 AM during the week. When not on Night Float, residents take night and weekend call on average of once per month throughout their residency training. Hence, our residents are very well rested.

Second and Third Years of Residency (PGY-3 AND PGY-4)

During their second year, residents refine the skills and consolidate the knowledge gained during their first year of residency. They assume new responsibilities by rotating through the Neurology Consultation Services (including emergency room coverage) of the Methodist University Hospital, Regional Medical Center and the VAMC. The Resident's intellectual growth and maturity are strengthened by handling cases of increasing diagnostic and therapeutic complexity while working closely with a Staff Neurologist. The Residents further expand their clinical experience by rotating through Pediatric Neurology (three months), Neuropathology (one month), Psychiatry (one month) and Neuro-Rehabilitation (one month). They take one month of Night Float in the second year. Residents also begin to serve in a teaching and leadership capacity as ward chief at the Regional Medical Center. The ward chiefs are freed of writing orders, patient notes and other daily duties that are the responsibility of the junior Residents and medical students. Instead, they supervise patient care, actively participate in the teaching of first year Residents and medical students, and work closely with Staff. The senior Residents help in the planning, structure and scheduling of teaching conferences and the educational program for students, Residents and faculty. During the second and third year, residents have approximately 6 months of elective time to pursue specific subspecialty and research interests. Subspecialty electives are available for Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuromuscular/EMG, EEG/Evoked Potentials, Sleep Disorders, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Pediatric Neuro-oncology, and Geriatric Neurology. Night call occurs once per month on average throughout the three years of training.

Thus, during the three years of training, each resident spends approximately 10 months on the ward (junior resident), six months on consultations, six months as ward chief, and fourteen months on subspecialty rotations and electives.

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

The ACGME accredited one-year Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Training Program aims to develop neurologists to master the core competencies related to neurophysiology. The fellow will learn to perform and interpret electrophysiological tests independently, to diagnose and care for patients with neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, sleep disorders and other related disorders such as dysautonomias in regular and emergency settings independently. The fellow with develop knowledge in medical economics and managed care, including social aspects of medical care, and of end of life issues, as well as develop educational skills related to the field of neurophysiology.

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

This is an ACGME accredited one-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program that provides training in a comprehensive stroke center at Methodist University Hospital (MUH).

For further information on the fellowship programs or for a fellowship application form, please contact:

Attn: Paula Odom
Neurology Residency Training Coordinator
Department of Neurology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Room 415
Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440
E-Mail: podom@uthsc.edu

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Department of Neurology

415 Link Building
855 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6199
Fax: (901) 448-7440

David M. Stern, M.D.
Executive Dean

Andrei V. Alexandrov, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Semmes-Murphey Professor
aalexa30@uthsc.edu

Paula Odom
Adult Neurology Residency
Training Coordinator

Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440
E-Mail: podom@uthsc.edu

Denise Norman
Child Neurology Resident
Training Coordinator

Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center
777 Washington Ave, Suite 335
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: (901) 287-5208
E-Mail: Denise.Norman@lebonheur.org